Several characteristics make the Occupational Therapy program at College Misericordia distinctive. The 5 year program results in an entry level Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, which better prepares students for the rigors of the changing health care field. Students are prepared to assume leadership positions and possess skills of thoughtful inquiry and critical evaluation. The culmination of the Master’s degree is research and presentation of the group research thesis. The creation, production and presentation of scholarly work prepares the student for further research efforts in the clinic, potential careers in education and skills of critical inquiry when reviewing scholarly publications.
The Weekend College Occupational Therapy program has a proud tradition of providing affordable and accessible education to the working COTA and holders of bachelor’s degrees in areas other than O.T. The O.T. Weekend College program is designed to accommodate the working student. Classes are held every other weekend throughout the year, enabling students to complete a Master’s degree on a part-time basis in 3 years. Extended hours for college services support the students in this program. All full-time faculty teach in the Weekend College O.T. program.
Special Topics courses are provided during the graduate year. These courses enable students to gain advanced skills in selected clinical and educational arenas. Such courses have included: NDT; Hand Therapy; Vision Rehabilitation; Orthotics; Manual Therapy; Pharmacology; Pediatrics; Stroke Rehab; Sports Therapy; Teaching Practicum; Cardiopulmonary; Non-Ambulatory Children. Several courses are interdisciplinary for both faculty and students.
Denis Anson, M.S., OTR/L nationally known O.T. educator in Assistive Technology, is affiliated with the Department of Occupational Therapy through his position as the Director of the Assistive Technology Research Institute (ATRI), which is located on the campus of Misericordia University. This gives students a rare opportunity to interact and learn from a highly respected authority in this field.
The Occupational Therapy faculty are a major strength of the program. Within the faculty are nationally known researchers, educators and experts in various areas of Occupational Therapy. Members of the faculty conduct research, present at national and international forums, publish in refereed journals and guide research and practice of clinicians in the field. The O.T. faculty are also active at state and national O.T. associations, particularly in the areas of research and accreditation.